Man Utd news – Lindegaard wants starters spot, Fergie: No longterm Hernandez problems, Rio: We can deal with pressure

Fergie: No longterm Hernandez problems. Sir Alex Ferguson has denied claims that Javier Hernandez is suffering from a long-term neurological condition after the Mexican was hospitalised with a concussion after a training incident, according to the Guardian. Chicharito was taken to hospital after being hit on the head with a ball. Ferguson said he appeared fine after the incident but was sick a few hours later as the team sat down for a meal. Rafael Ortega, the doctor at Hernandez’s old club Chivas Guadalajara, revealed that the 23-year-old has been…

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Tottenham news – Vucinic exchange plan, Bastos a target, Afellay coy on Spurs link

Vucinic exchange plan. Tottenham fringe players David Bentley, Niko Kranjcar and Robbie Keane have been offered in discussions over a possible deal for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic, according to the Daily Mail. Vucinic is keen on a move to White Hart Lane, but is rated at £15m by Roma and Roma boss Luis Enrique is looking for a cash bid from Juventus. Enrique is also not a fan of the three players Spurs boss Harry Redknapp offered in the deal and Vucinic’s desire to move to England could be stopped…

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Liverpool news – Reds hopeful on Suarez, 3-0 friendly defeat, Aquilani deal 50/50

Reds hopeful on Suarez. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is hopeful striker Luis Suarez will be ready for the start of the season, but will not rush the Uruguayan, the Daily Telegraph reports. The 24-year-old played a key role in his country’s Copa America triumph and is not expected back to Melwood until a few days before the new Premier League season begins. Dalglish will make a decision on how ready Suarez is when he returns from his break, but is hoping that the £22.8m signing from Ajax in January will…

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Valencia and Real Madrid agree deal for Sergio Canales

Valencia and Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a deal for 20-year-old attacking midfielder Sergio Canales. The former Racing Santander forward has been linked with a number of clubs, whilst reports believed Real had reached an advanced stage of negotiations with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, but for the player to turn down the move in favour of remaining in Spain. This was thought earlier in the week likely to be through a possible switch to Villarreal, but Valencian rivals Los Che have beaten them to a deal, securing the player on a…

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Atletico Madrid see red, bringing Stromsgodset back into Europa League tie

Atletico Madrid disappointed in their opening game of the 2011-12 campaign, recording a narrow 2-1 scoreline advantage in their Europa League tie with Stromsgodset. With a 2-0 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes of their third qualifying round first-leg match against the Norwegian side, defender Joao Miranda’s red card was quickly followed by Oyvind Storflor’s finish (80) Diego Forlan played 73 minutes, just four days after his involvement in Uruguay’s Copa America victory, and was involved in the opening goal (53), chipping a ball into the box for Adrian’s…

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Chelsea news – Pastore deal near, Dann on standby for Rajkovic decision, Desailly Villas-Boas verdict

Pastore deal near. ESPN Soccernet is reporting that Javier Pastore’s agent Marcelo Simonian will meet Chelsea representatives today. The Palermo playmaker has been subject to interest from both Chelsea and Paris St Germain, with the two clubs each reported to have bid between €40-50 million. Qatari backed PSG were understood to have been close to capturing Pastore’s signature but this has subsequently been denied by Palermo president, Maurizio Zamparini. What appears clear is that Pastore will leave the Sicilian club in the next few days, with either the French or…

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Liverpool Club Focus – Galatasaray defeat dents Dalglish’s new season preparations

Liverpool continued their preparations for the new season with a second consecutive 3-0 defeat as they were comfortably beaten by an experienced Galatasaray side on Thursday. Reds boss Kenny Dalglish selected an under-strength side for the game and the majority of his fringe players failed to impress against the Turkish team. Former Liverpool striker Milan Baros bagged a brace, before Johan Elmander sealed victory with an impressive third goal. Dalglish will have been disappointed with the performance, but the Liverpool legend knows that the majority of the players on show…

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Berbatov continues to show brilliance in glimpses

Dimitar Berbatov played a starring role as Manchester United continued their pre-season preperations with an emphatic 4-0 victory over a MLS All-Stars side. Berbatov’s famous technique and composure were hugely prominent as he played a part in a sweeping United move which brought about the opening goal, with midfielder Anderson arriving late to slot home. The Bulgarian later added his name to the scoresheet, latching onto Wayne Rooney’s through ball and lifting the ball over Tally Hall in the All-Stars goal, only to see his effort come back off the…

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Barcelona striker Soriano in injury setback

Jonathan Soriano has been dealt a severe blow with the news he has suffered ligament damage to his right knee following a clash with Bayern Munich centre-back Anatoliy Tymoshchuk during Barcelona´s 2-0 Audi Cup win on Wednesday evening. The 25-year-old is likely to be out for between six and eight weeks and will miss this week´s pre-season tour to the United States after originally being included in boss Pep Guardiola´s squad. It is a particularly cruel setback for the former Espanyol player. Soriano had just started to attract the attention…

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Everton Club Focus – Disgruntled supports become more vocal as Kenwright comes under pressure

“Everton in crisis” articles have been appearing in the national Press with alarming regularity recently, as an increasingly vocal section of the Toffees’ support continues to agitate for greater transparency from the board regarding the club’s ownership, finances and details of any potential buyers. One such article, in the Daily Mail, even suggested a tripartite war is ready to break out between the fans who want a revolution at the top of the club and the fans who are content with the status quo, with the club stuck in the…

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Romaric nears Sevilla exit

After the departure of Lauro Costa to Racing Santander it seems the next player to be leaving Sevilla will be midfielder Romaric, with negotiations for the Ivory Coast midfielder´s transfer to Bursaspor already at an advanced stage. After initially saying they would like to take the player on loan with an option to buy, the Turkish club are now thought to be interested in making the move permanent, and a deal is expected to be concluded within the next few days. Romaric was linked with a move to Turkey earlier…

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Barcelona squad arrives in Washington ahead of nine-day US tour

The Barcelona team have landed in Washington ahead of their busy US tour that will see them take on defeated Champions League final opponents Manchester United at the Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland on Saturday. They flew direct from Munich after beating Bayern Munich 2-0 to lift the Audi Cup thanks to two goals from Thiago Alcantara. On the flight over Pedro celebrated his 24th birthday with his teammates after being presented with a cake by Turkish Airlines staff. Also on the agenda is a meeting today between club representatives…

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Arteta set to miss start of Everton season

Everton may be without midfield maestro Mikel Arteta when the new season kicks-off as the Spaniard has returned from the Toffees’ pre-season tour of the US with an ankle injury, The Sun has revealed. The former Rangers star is suffering with sever bruising to his ankle which will rule him out of the Merseyside’s remaining preseason friendlies against Birmingham City, Werder Bremen and Villarreal. Scroll down for rest of article Arteta has been plagued by injuries for the past few years and his latest knock comes as a massive disappointment…

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Tottenham news – Bale fit, Defoe to snub Newcastle, Townsend eyes Millwall return

Bale fit. Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has confirmed that he will be fully fit for the forthcoming season, according to Goal.com. Bale’s fitness has been a concern for Spurs fans over the summer, as he struggled in the latter stages of the past season with an ankle injury picked up against Blackpool. The Welshman, who won the PFA Player of the Year last season, is widely recognised as a vital player for the North London outfit and so this news will come as music to the ears of concerned supporters.…

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Granada land Corrales from Mallorca in one-year deal

La Liga new boys Granada CF have signed left-back Enrique Corrales from Mallorca on a one-year contract for an undisclosed fee. 29-year-old Corrales came through the Real Madrid youth system but never made the breakthrough to the first team. He eventually made the switch to Osasuna and spent four seasons in Pamplona before moving to Mallorca in 2008 where he made 32 starts. The former Spanish Under-18 and Under-21 player has made over 140 appearances in La Liga and becomes the fifth signing for the Andalusian club who are making…

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Chelsea news – Lamps wants attacking role, Yossi abuse claims, Mikel exit talk

Lamps wants attacking role. Frank Lampard has gone on record saying he will not stop himself from attacking no matter which position he plays in, according to the Daily Mail. In Chelsea’s recent 4-0 friendly victory over Kitchee, Lampard was deployed as one of two holding midfielders as part of a new formation being tested by manager Andre Villas-Boas. Lampard scored his second goal this pre-season during the game. However, despite his impressive attacking performance, it seems like Lampard could be deployed in a deep midfield role again, since questions…

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Man City news – Aguero to sign, Balotelli Roma link, Johnson signs for Leicester

Aguero to sign. Although the finer details on his £35m deal are yet to be finalised, Sergio Aguero tweeted that he was ‘already a City player’, Sky Sports report. After days of negotiations, Aguero tweeted from a Manchester hotel that the deal was done: “I’m already a City player. Happy to be in this club and this city. Thank you all for the welcome and the reception!” It is believed that he has signed a five year deal with weekly wages around £200,000 and the fee is the release clause…

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Blackburn Rovers Club Focus – Petrovic moves closer to Rovers transfer

Blackburn Rovers are on the verge of completing their first major signing of the summer, as highly-rated Serbian star Radosav Petrovic closes in on a move to Ewood Park. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder, who has previously been linked with English sides Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as European clubs Vitesse Arnhem, Valencia, Sporting CP and Juventus, would cost Rovers around £3m plus add-ons, according to the Lancashire Telegraph. Petrovic would arrive as an exciting replacement for Schalke 04’s United States international Jermaine Jones, who spent the final five…

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Liverpool news – Bueno keen to impress, Henderson confident, Aquilani exit falls through

Bueno keen to impress. Mexican starlet Marco Bueno is delighted with the chance he has been given at Liverpool and is ready to impress on his trial, according to the Liverpool Echo. The highly rated 17 year old will have a trial at the Kirkby Academy next month and if everything goes well, he will get a five year deal with the Reds. His current club Pachuca claim that a fee for the under 17 World Cup winner has been agreed. Pachuca vice-president Andres Fassi said: ‘A pre-contract with the…

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Man Utd news – Utd Sneijder hope, Hernandez to miss season start, Reds beat LA

Utd Sneijder hope. Inter Milan chief executive Ernesto Paolillo has suggested that the club could be read to sell Wesley Sneijder, but Manchester United have not made any contact, according to ESPN Soccernet. Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that United’s summer spending is finished, but the availability of the 27 year old Sneijder could result in a bid being placed by the Premier League champions. Paolillo revealed that they would never say no to the sale of Sneijder, but they have heard no interest from United so…

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Spurs target Barcelona´s Afellay as possible Modric replacement

Barcelona´s fringe players continue to be coveted by some Europe´s top clubs, with Ibrahim Afellay the latest one to be linked with a move away from the Camp Nou, this time to Tottenham Hotspur. According to the Daily Mirror Spurs are preparing an offer for the Dutch midfielder if Chelsea target Luka Modric is eventually prised away from White Hart Lane. The London club´s chief scout, Ian Broomfield, is believed to have been impressed with Afellay´s display on Tuesday against Brazilian side International de Porto Alegre in Munich, and will…

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